Antonio Conte’s pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s League Cup semifinal first leg match against Chelsea was pretty standard, but there were a few team news updates to share.
For starters, it appears that Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn will both miss Wednesday’s match at Stamford Bridge, though the good news is that Sess looks close to a full return. Conte suggested that Ryan could be in the frame to play during this weekend’s FA Cup match against Morecambe.
That means that Sergio Reguilon will almost certainly continue his streak of matches at the left-wingback position for Tottenham against Chelsea on Wednesday. An easy and routine match against League One side Morecambe does seem like a very good opportunity to get Sess back up to speed.
On a less positive note, Conte also announced that Tottenham is currently dealing with two more COVID-positive rapid tests within the squad. Conte was pretty mum on details and wouldn’t specify who within the first team might be affected, but did suggest the club is waiting on the results of a PCR test before they make any final roster changes.
Conte Talks About The Changes In Tottenham
Conte stated, “We are checking a couple of situations about COVID – and we’ll see. We are checking a couple of situations about COVID.
“[We are waiting on PCR results] but we have to check and also during the day if there are new positives or not, we’re checking a couple of situations. Then tomorrow we’ll see which players are available to play against Chelsea.”
This match will be the first time Conte has returned to Stamford Bridge since he left Chelsea, and while he downplayed the occasion, he did say he was looking forward to catching up a little with the people he knows from his time there.